Australia Day awards

SHE longs for a world where nobody would go hungry, and for that Cassidy Strickland was awarded the Hawkesbury Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year award.

Cassidy (right) has been involved in many charities and volunteer work since the age of six, but it’s her work over the last couple of years that has been extra special - with her mum, ensuring that ‘no-one in the Hawkesbury is hungry’.

A true inspiration to those around her, she and her mum put in countless hours each week cooking food and taking it to the homeless at Windsor. They also work at Hawkesbury Community Kitchen.

Cassidy, 10, said she was surprised to have received the award and looked forward to celebrating the recognition with friends and family. “I do what I do because I like seeing smiles on people’s faces,” Cassidy said.

Meanwhile, The Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Community and Regional Gallery were the deserved recipients of the Australia Day Community Arts Award for 2013.

Incorporated in 1989, The Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Community and Regional Gallery has worked diligently to foster an appreciation of the arts in the Hawkesbury.

Over a period of 13 years the group promoted the establishment of the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, and have presented many extraordinary exhibitions which have attracted thousands of visitors to the Hawkesbury.

In November 2012 they were awarded the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage State Volunteer Award for conservation.

The Hawkesbury Australia Day Community Organisation of the Year Award was jointly awarded to two hard-working clubs this year.

The Rotary Club or Windsor and the Rotary Club of Kurrajong – North Richmond were the proud recipients of the award, for their tireless work within the community combating graffiti.

The Graffiti Removal Project is run by the Rotary Club of Windsor and the Rotary Club of Kurrajong - North Richmond aims to eliminate existing graffiti vandalism in the local community and keep it graffiti free.

Since 2011, the Rotary Club of Windsor has been helping to beautify Windsor, South Windsor, Bligh Park and McGraths Hill by keeping these suburbs graffiti free through their Graffiti Removal Project. 

The work is done by Rotary volunteers, assisted by Hawkesbury residents who report graffiti as soon as it’s seen.

The Rotary Club of Kurrajong-North Richmond joined the program in May 2012 and works to keep Kurrajong, North Richmond, Richmond and the surrounding commercial and business areas graffiti-free.

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